Laurence J. Brahm, Founder
As the 21st Century dawned, in the year 2000, a debate arose in western China among different regions each claiming to be the historical location of Shangri-la. Cities like Dali, Lijiang, and Zhongdian, vied with Lhasa, Yushu and Xiahe for the designation, all claiming to be the original Shangri-la. Ironically, there was no higher motivation in competing for this title, other than luring tourist dollars.
Nevertheless, the question had finally been put on the table:
Where is the real Shangri-la?
Determined to discover origins rooted behind the myth, Laurence Brahm launched the “Searching for Shangri-la” Expeditions Project in 2002.
Altogether four expeditions were launched, reaching some of the most remote places on the Tibetan plateau. Shambhala Studio was established to document the journeys.
The Shambhala Studio is dedicated to producing documentary features on aspects of the Himalayas, to explore concepts of science, climate, traditions, and philosophy of this amazingly diverse, yet ecologically fragile region.
Shambhala Studio has office and production facilities in both Beijing and Kathmandu. In Beijing we have two studios: one in central Beijing located in a traditional courtyard house in a historic neighborhood; the other located in the mountains beside the Great Wall. In Kathmandu our studio is located within a short walk of the Boudha Stupa in Boudhanath, Kathmandu.
In 2015, Laurence Brahm was elected Fellow International to the New York Explorer’s Club. In 2016, the Searching for Shangri-la Expeditions Project received the National Geographic Air and Water Conservation Award, and Laurence Brahm became a recognized National Geographic explorer. He is listed on Wikipedia as one of 296 American Explorers. Cinematographer Dou Yan, also a recognized National Geographic explorer is China’s most experienced cinematographer for subject matter on the Tibetan plateau.
Producer: Laurence Brahm, William Lo,
Director: Laurence Brahm
Screenwriter: Laurence Brahm
Cinematography: Dou Yan
Music: San Bao
Theme Song: Ani Choying Drolma
Production Manager: Mei Yunfei
Production Assistants: Tina Mei Qing, Tashi Yongzrom, Ang Phurba, Shreemanjari Tamrakar Selina Lai, Thinley Norbu, Amitesh Bhanudas Kakade
Camera: Suzette Xu, Ma Lei, Laurence Carroll Brahm Jr., Mei Yunfei, Li Chen, Yopesh Pradhan, Suman Maharjan, Laurence Brahm
Assistant Camera: Wang Bin,
Location Sound: Honglin Li
Gaffer: Bin Wang Wang Ribiao
Research Director: Johnson Li
Post Production Editor: Li Chen
Motion Picture Editor: Ma Lei
Post Production Sound Mixer: Cai Biwan
Post Production Advisor: Yun Liang
Media Advisor: Carol A.Wolfson, Michael Garvey
VFX: Shaun Ansari
Subtitle: April Zhang, Raye Yan Charlie Sun
Translator: Johnson Li April Zhang, Raye Yan, Aagö Tashi Yangzom,
Art Design: Yan Zhijie
Drivers: Hang Jidong Tashi Tsering Huang Changjiang
Kunchok Chonpal Dawa Tsering